Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle Super Bowl Halftime Show


Following an owner’s meeting that was held on May 23, 1991, Super Bowl XXIX was awarded to Miami, Florida. This was the seventh time in Super Bowl history that Miami had hosted the game.

Super Bowl XXIX was played between the AFC’s San Diego Chargers and NFL’s San Francisco 49ers on January 29, 1995, at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida to decide which team would be crowned champions of the 1994 football season.

The 49ers emerged triumphant with a hard-fought score of 49-26.

Notable for:

  • Super Bowl XXIX was the first game in Super Bowl history in which both teams scored in every quarter. The teams’ combined scores of 75 and the total number of touchdowns (10) have yet to be beaten in any subsequent Super Bowl.

The San Francisco 49ers routed the Chargers, with Steve Young passing for a record six touchdowns, becoming the first team to win five Super Bowls.

The games most valuable player, 49ers quarterback Steve Young, orchestrated a high octane offensive that yielded 28 first downs, 455 yards, and seven touchdowns. Young passed for 325 yards, completing 24 of his 36 attempts, breaking the record of five touchdown passes set by former legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIV.

Fust 1.24 and 3 plays into the game, the 49ers quickly got off the mark, taking a lead that they were not to relinquish with Young’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Rice. On their next possession, San Francisco charged 79 yards down the field in just four plays finishing with a running back Ricky Waters receiving a 51-yard touchdown pass to take the lead to 14-0 with 10.05 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Chargers managed to cut the lead to 14-7 with their best possession of the game, a 13-play, 788 yard drive lasting 7 minutes and finishing with 1-yard touchdown run by Natrone Means.

San Francisco hit straight back with their own 70-yard drive and another Young touchdown pass to William Floyd, making the scoreline 21-7. Young then completed his fourth touchdown pass of the half, eight yards to Waters to take the lead to 28-7 going into half time. For the rest of the game, San Diego would remain trailing by at least 18 points.

In the third quarter, Watters equaled the Super Bowl record with a nine yard run for his third touchdown. For the second time in his career, Jerry Rice also scored three touchdowns in a Super Bowl, catching 10 passes for 149 yards and setting career records for yards, receptions and touchdowns in a Super Bowl.

Chargers’ quarterback Stan Humphries completed 24 of 49 passes for 275 yards. Rookie Andre Coleman became only the third player in Super Bowl history to return a kickoff for a touchdown, going 98 yards in the third quarter.

Surprisingly the most rushing yards on the day was achieved by quarterback Steve Young, who scrambled 21 yards and 15 yards in the process of setting to setup first half touchdowns. But San Diego’s Means was limited to just 33 yards on 13 attempts after compiling 1,350 yards during the regular season.

The two teams combined tally of 75 points broke the previous record of 69 set in Dallas’ 52-17 Super Bowl XXVII victory over Buffalo.

Final Score: San Diego Chargers (AFC) – 26 Vs. San Francisco 49ers (NFC) – 49
Date: January 29, 1995
Stadium: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida
MVP: Steve Young, Quarterback
Favorite: 49ers by 18.5
Referee: Jerry Markbreit
Attendance: 74,107

Pregame: “Let’s Celebrate!” A Tribute to the 150th Anniversary of Florida, 75th Anniversary of the NFL and ABC Monday Night Football’s 25th Anniversary. Featuring Sergio Mendes and Hank Williams, Jr.; fly over by 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Force Reserve Base
Anthem: Kathie Lee Gifford (American Sign Language performance by Miss America Heather Whitestone)
Coin Toss: Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke and Gale Sayers
Half time: Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers. Finale included audience participation with light sticks.
Halftime theme: Indiana Jones & Temple of Forbidden Eye
Halftime Setlist:

  • “Release Yourself” (Patti Labelle)
  • “Caravan” (Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, and Miami Sound Machine)
  • “New Attitude” (Patti Labelle)
  • “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (Patti Labelle and Tony Bennett)

The halftime show, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye,” was a Disney production that was clearly designed to evoke interest in the group’s Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland. The on-stage action was accompanied by performances from Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, and the Miami Sound Machine.